This is a story that runs along the lines of the Mitford Series by Jan Karon. Adina Senft has written a book that carries the reader through the day to day life in an Amish community while telling a story at the same time. There is a bit of romance in it, but it not front and center. There are family conflicts, friendships, and peeks into the lives of the Amish in the community. Sarah is learning to be an herbalist healer, and she's the widowed mother of Caleb, at home, and Simon, in Colorado. Her neighbor is Henry Byler, a potter whose work is valued for its singular beauty. Some of the other characters in no particular order are:
Amanada, Sarah's sister-in-law, a gentle Amish woman waiting for love to find her
Priscilla, a young Amish woman who works at the Rose Arbor Inn
Ginny, the owner of the Rose Arbor Inn
Eric, the son of visitors to the Rose Arbor Inn
Trey, his wife, and Justin, his older son: the family of Eric. Justin can only be described as a pill. Trey and his wife are rather non-attentive parents.
Linda, one of Sarah's patients
Silas, a man who would like to court Sarah
Benny, a young man who would like to be Priscilla's friend but doesn't quite know how to go about it
These lives intertwine and grow in gentleness and caring. This is a quiet book, not a lot of plot twists and turns, but gentle rolling hills in the plots. Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and a Key of Heaven flower.
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